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2019

  • New Drop Box for Unused Medicine at Crystal Police Department Crystal police are excited about a new medicine drop box in the entryway of their headquarters. The drop-off site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has many benefits (August 31, 2019).
  • Coalitions in Action–Partnership for Change Implements Population-based Strategies to Serve Community CADCA highlights community coalitions, featuring prevention work within northwest Hennepin County (June 13, 2019).
  • New Medicine Disposal Box Available at Brooklyn Park Police Department Partnership for Change, which sponsored the box, works to reduce drug use among youth and adults in northwest Hennepin County. Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs through medicine disposal boxes is one way Partnership for Change is working to reduce drug use in our community (June 6, 2019).
  • New Prescription Drug Disposal Option inside Brooklyn Park Police Station. In conjunction with North Memorial Health, Brooklyn Park now has a drop-box where people can get rid of unused or unwanted medications, available 24-hours a day (May 30, 2019).
  • Maple Grove Police working to combat opioid crisis: Medication drop box has collected over 8,000 pounds. The medicine disposal drop box was made possible through a collaboration of the Maple Grove Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department, the Maple Grove Lions Club and Partnership for Change (May 10, 2019).
  • Hennepin County Sheriff: ‘We don’t want accolades, we want to save people’s lives’. Drug collections, youth awareness are part of opioid abuse prevention. Another organization involved in the fight is Partnership for Change, which uses data-driven and evidence-based strategies to reduce youth substance in northwest Hennepin County. The Robbinsdale-based organization is housed at the North Memorial Trauma Services department and brings together members including school officials, parents, youth, law enforcement and community groups. This is why Partnership for Change has made it a mission to enhance access to medicine disposal boxes to reduce access to commonly abused medications (May 7, 2019).
  • Prescription Drug Take-back Day. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, Partnership for Change, North Memorial Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (April 26, 2019)
  • Saturday is Drug Take Back Day. It’s a way to prevent prescription drugs from ending up in the wrong hands. One drop-off site is at the Robbinsdale Hy-Vee parking lot. If you are unable to drop off medications Saturday, several local police departments in Hennepin County also collect unused medications. Partnership for Change, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, North Memorial Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up to sponsor the event. (April 24, 2019)
  • Prescription Drug Take-back Day. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, Partnership for Change, North Memorial Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (April 19, 2019)
  • Robbinsdale Hy-Vee will host drug takeback day Saturday, April 27. Community members can dispose of unwanted, unused or outdated pills and patches 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Robbinsdale Hy-Vee, 3505 Bottineau Blvd. The event is sponsored by Partnership for Change, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, North Memorial Health and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (April 18, 2019)
  • News Release: 2017 data shows deaths continue to rise from opioids, alcohol and suicides in Minnesota. While each of the deaths is an individual tragedy, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm points to the need to address the trend with community-level solutions. Regarding alcohol, almost 30 Minnesota communities track data as part of Place of Last Drink (POLD). This tool is a database that seeks to identify where a person last consumed alcohol before becoming involved in an alcohol-related incident, such as a DUI or assault. Law enforcement officials then use the information to work with retailers to improve serving practices. Implementing this system, several communities have seen a decrease in driving while intoxicated. (March 18, 2019)
  • Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee rejects the legalization of recreational marijuana “Teresa Lunt of the group Partnership for Change wasn’t convinced [legalization] is the right move for Minnesota. Lunt says regulated markets only promote the use of marijuana among young people. She adds Colorado has more dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonalds combined.” (March 12, 2019)

2018

2017

  • The safety of our kids trumps their privacy. The Top Secret Project launched about a year ago; it’s a traveling mock teen bedroom that has about 150 warning signs in it for drug and alcohol use, depression and eating disorders. The initiative came together as a result of Hazelden joining with the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Taskforce, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Partners in Prevention, Partnership for Change, the Minnesota Crime Prevention Organization, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, School District No. 197, MAARCH and the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. (March 15, 2017)
  • ‘Place of Last Drink’ data puts Cowboy Jack’s under scrutiny by Plymouth City Council. In 2013, a committee was formed, with representatives from the Osseo, Brooklyn Center and Plymouth police departments as part of North Memorial Hospital’s Partnership for Change initiative. The goal then was – and continues to be – to combat drug and alcohol abuse among youth and young adults in the northwest suburbs, according to Jim Long, Plymouth’s community relations officer and police department liaison to the committee. The result of the committee’s work was to ask individuals involved in alcohol-related reports where their place of last drink was and to notify and monitor those establishments. (February 8, 2017).
  • Bartenders alert: Kansas City police to ask DUI arrestees, ‘Where were you drinking?’; Several municipalities in Minnesota have cooperated in its Place of Last Drink program, now involving 40 law enforcement agencies since it started with nine in 2014, said Osseo, Minnesota Police Chief Shane Mikkelson (February 3, 2017).

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • MG Patch Promotes Drug Abuse Prevention Event for Parents. The event is open to parents and adult community members, Dec. 4 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove.  This event was coordinated by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department (December 2, 2013)
  • KARE-11 Covers PFC and Scheig Family Partnership for Change video is featured on a story about Becky Scheig lending her voice to educate others (November 14, 2013)
  • Maple Grove parents spread anti-drug message, (November 8, 2013)
  • Medicine Abuse in Crisis Mode, Channel 12 News (October 22, 2013)
  • Changing the community, one action at a time Sage Larson, a Maple Grove student wrote an article about Action for Reaction, our youth leadership component, for the Osseo Maple Grove Press (May 30, 2013)
  • Area high schoolers get Operation Sticker Shock into full swing Osseo Senior High Action for Reaction (AFR) students and Steering Committee member Shane Mikkelson from Osseo Police Dept are featured for their work on Sticker Shock (May 30, 2013)
  • Survey finds young adult alcohol use in Hennepin County going down. The substance abuse prevention coalition led by North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale recently conducted the Young Adult Alcohol Survey along with 10 other Minnesota communities as part of a state-sponsored project. The survey effort was led by the Department of Human Services and consisted of a list of questions covering attitudes and perceptions young adults have towards alcohol use and about how much they think people are at risk harming themselves from certain behaviors. Partnership for Change participated in the survey because it wanted to know more about what choices young adults ages 18-25 were making regarding alcohol and to better understand influences on their behavior, said Sheila Nesbitt, coalition coordinator.
    (February 15, 2013).
  • GUEST COLUMN: Guide teens into making the right decision Partnership for Change staff provide tips for parents about setting guidelines and managing teen behavior (January 24, 2013)

2012

  • Thanks for passing a social host ordinance. Partnership for Change, a community coalition working to reduce youth substance use in northwest Hennepin County, would like to thank Mayor Kathi Hempken and New Hope City Council members for the recent approval of a Social Host Ordinance in the City of New Hope (September 18, 2012).
  • North Memorial targets 9 cities for alcohol survey. Individuals in Crystal, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Golden Valley, New Hope, Maple Grove, Osseo and Plymouth were randomly selected via address databases and sent a 10-page survey to help Partnership for Change understand alcohol attitudes and behaviors within the age group (June 8, 2012).
  • A”T2T” Message for Maple Grove Parents, Teens Patch covered the launch of ” T2T” at the Maple Grove High School (April 24, 2012)
  • Survey finds young adult alcohol use in Hennepin County going down: Sun Post ran an article on our Young Adult Alcohol Survey
  • Youth Alcohol Survey: Partnership for Change was on Channel 12 with results from our Young Adult Alcohol Survey

2008

  • Coalition gets grant to fight youth drug abuse, The goal of the Partnership for Change Coalition is to help mobilize parents, youth and community leaders to take a stand against drug and alcohol use in Northwest Hennepin County (November, 4, 2008)